Plan on Halloween

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happy halloween
Okay my ladies and gents...this week's habit is Sleep, buuuut it is also the week of Halloween! There is so much fun to be had with friends, family, and especially the little ones. If you're anything like me, it also brings new challenges! SO! What are you going to do?! My challenge to you this week is to plan! PLAN! PLAN! PLAN! Seriously, it will make all the difference!
1 - Plan the Halloween candy you will be handing out. Are you going to get candy that is a temptation for you (so you can sneak one here or there)? or Are you going to get candy that you could care less about and aren't really tempted by? or... are you going to just hand out cool spider rings or glow sticks?
2 - Plan what you are going to have. Okay, we all know there are "traditions" with Halloween. The cider, the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, the candy... decide NOW before the time comes what you are going to allow your self to have. Are you going to stick to plan 100%? Are you allowed to have a small cup of sugar free cider and one bite of a cookie? Are you allowed two pieces of candy of your choice? Whatever you choose, choose it now (not in the moment of weakness).

3 - Plan to succeed! Don't go into the week with a "well, I'm probably going to give in" attitude. No, you aren't. You are going to plan! If you plan that one piece and stick to that one piece, then you have succeeded! If you plan to eat one dang pumpkin chocolate chip cookie and do (and stop there), you have succeeded!

4 - Plan to not throw in the towel! Okay, so if by chance you do plan and you still give in during a moment of weakness....don't throw in the towel! Imagine you got a flat tire, would you go around and slash the rest of your tires? Imagine you got a small paint scratch on your car, would you go repaint the whole dang thing? NOPE. So, don't let a small mishap ruin the week. We all have moments...but they are just that...little moments.
I want to hear your plan. Take a moment today or tomorrow and send me your plan. You can text or email or facebook or call me...whatever is easier for you Just a little accountability can add a lot of punch behind that plan! ;)
Quick Reference to Dr. A's Habits of Health:
Habits of Health: Chapter 13
Living a Longer, Healthier Life Companion Guide: Lesson 17

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Recipe of the Week

Cream of Potato soup

Cream of Baked "Potato" Soup

1 ½ cup cauliflower, fresh or frozen (3 Greens)
1 cup chicken broth (1 Condiment)
3 wedges laughing cow light garlic and herb - I may try only 2 next time (1 1/2 Healthy Fats)
Sea Salt to taste
1/8 tsp pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1 tbsp fresh chive (1/7 Condiment)
2 tbsp or 0.5 oz 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese (I used this as my additional 2 oz of protein but if you would like to count it - 1/8 Lean)
1 tsp of Turkey Bacon bits (They aren’t on plan because of the sodium content but I added a few sprinkles; Oscar Meyer Brand had only 90 mg of sodium per 2 tbsp)
Remove the leaves and thick core from the cauliflower, coarsely chop, and reserve 1 ½ cups. Add the cauliflower and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the cauliflower is very soft and falling apart, about 15 minutes. If using frozen cauliflower just boil for 1 minute until tender.
Remove from heat and place in a blender. Add Laughing Cow Light cheese, salt and pepper. Place the top on the pitcher, and blend on high for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into a bowl and add cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and chives. Keep warm until ready to serve.
1/8 Lean, All your Greens, 1.39 Condiments and 1 1/2 Healthy Fats per serving
My personal modifications (which may change your lean & healthy fats):
1 - I set aside some of the cooked cauliflower (I didn't blend all of it) so there could be some larger pieces of cauliflower in the soup
2 - I did this recipe x6 (the pot that I brought was all of it) and added 3 cooked and cut up Italian turkey sausages to it for flavor and texture. FYI, This will not be a complete lean, so you will want to have some lean on the side.
Enjoy this week and relish in your success!

"Expect Success, not perfection."

You've SO got this!!
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